'Predator' is guilty of 22 sex offences
A "SEXUAL predator" has been found guilty of committing 22 sexual offences against six different victims since the 1980s.
Brian Sturley, 56, had denied 26 offences including rape, indecent assault, assault by penetration and indecency with a child.
The jury, of 11 members, returned majority verdicts of guilty in 22 charges after more than eight hours of deliberations.
Sturley showed no emotion as the jury foreman returned the verdicts but family members who sat in the public gallery broke down in tears.
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Sturley, of Robert Street, Manselton, was cleared of four other offences on Friday.
Judge Christopher Vosper, sitting at Swansea Crown Court, had ordered the jury to return not guilty verdicts on one charge of indecent assault with a child, between August 1983 and August 1984 and another of indecent assault between August 1988 and 1989.
Both of those were alleged to have taken place against the same victim.
The jury then returned two verdicts of not guilty on two charges relating to another victim, finding Sturley not guilty of inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and another charge of causing or inciting the same child to engage in sexual activity.
Judge Christopher Vosper told Sturley he would be facing a prison term when he was sentenced at a later date.
The judge ordered a pre-sentence report to be prepared by the probation service.
"It can't affect the type of sentence but it might be relevant to the length of sentence," he said.
Sturley's barrister, Ian Wright, also asked if he could have time to submit medical evidence about his client who he said had suffered a stroke.
"I am going to adjourn sentence for the preparation of a pre-sentence report that will be directed to whether you present a danger to the public," added the judge.
Sturley had claimed a campaign had been orchestrated against him and told the jury his victims were trying to get compensation.
Prosecuting barrister, James Jenkins had told the jury Sturley was a "sexual predator" who had "groomed" his victims.
"The defendant did this with such persistent boldness, moving from one young girl to another over a period of decades. It is an extraordinary career the defendant had," he said.